FyzicalCentralIllinois: Helping Arthritis Pain

MARCH, 2020




INSIDE: • Help for Arthritis Pain • Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe


Who do you know that could benefit from therapy? If you know someone suffering with aches and pains, refer them to FYZICAL today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Pain Consultation.



MARCH, 2020



Whether you have arthritis pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

• MATTOON OFFICE: (217) 235-1245 • SULLIVAN OFFICE: (217) 728-8100

When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals, as you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards, and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it? Understanding Arthritis Pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, so, typically, does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen, and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance. Overcoming Arthritis Pain. Turning to over the counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the

pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises. There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis. One leading formofarthritistreatment iswith theuseofanti-inflammatorymedication.Certain typesofarthritis developasa resultofabuild-upof inflammation in thebody.Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Physical Therapy and Arthritis. Physicaltherapy ishighlyrecommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice of movement and strength building exercises. Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities.Workingwithaphysical therapist is thebestway toensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact us.



We have exciting news from our future health care providers that have been a part of Fyzical of Central Illinois’ practice. Congratulations to Cassandra (Cassy) Hall. You may remember her as a helping student intern this past fall. Cassy became involved in Illinois Air National Guard to help her in college career. She has volunteered in the Special Olympics and helped in Lakeland College review of scholarship applications. Her own scholarship required she go to an Illinois public

changed since I was there!). Well done Cassy!

Our second congratulations goes out to Keegan Kruckeberg. As many of you know as the son of my wife and mine. He has been stewing and fretting as do most potential healthcare students about getting into school. After several applications, which include volumes of essays, and intense interviews, he also has been accepted by several

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university. Her experience and grade point average made her selection of schools delightfully more difficult was she was offered a student slot in each school. She tells me she chose the unexpected University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. Being a small-town resident the thought of going to Chicago was intimidating until she visited the school. There she saw the campus was in world of it’s own. (My, how things have

schools in Illinois and Indiana. All the hours of observations, volunteering to help biology studies and anatomy labs/dissections and officer positions in collegian honors fraternities have paid off. SIU has the edge so far but who knows. If you stop by the grocery store in Sullivan, you can still see him without an appointment. Ha! Well done to both of these most excellent students and well done to the institutions that selected them as our future healthcare providers. Both make me feel very comfortable about my future well-being.



INGREDIENTS • 1 (3.5 oz) brown rice • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp ground cumin • 3 garlic cloves, minced • 3/4 tsp kosher salt

“After a couple visits my pain was gone.” “When I came here, I had extreme shoulder pain. After a couple visits my pain was gone. I feel terrific and owe it all to Dr. Kruckeberg! Thank you so much and I will send all my friends to you!” - Kris M.

• 1 (15 oz) can unsalted black beans • 1 tbsp chopped chipotle chiles • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded &

chopped • 1 1/3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage • 3 oz queso fresco, crumbled • 1 ripe avocado, peeled & sliced

DIRECTIONS Cook brown rice according to package directions. Drain. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add cumin and garlic; cook 1 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in rice and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Partially drain black beans. Place beans and remaining liquid in a small saucepan; stir in chipotle chiles and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring bean mixture to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and jalapeño; toss to combine. Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons juice, and cabbage; toss well. Divide rice mixture evenly among 4 shallow bowls. Divide bean mixture, tomato mixture, cabbage mixture, cheese, and avocado evenly over rice.




We are selling a BioFreeze Professional Tube or Roll on for arthritis pain relief! Come into a clinic nearest you today, to purchase this product for a discounted price of $12!

THERAPEUTIC POOL – is a heated pool that allows the user to do exercises in partially non-weight bearing medium. Water provides buoyancy and at the same time resistance to exercise. Being immersed in warm water temporarily prevents the loss of body heat thereby forcing the body to push blood into the extremities and spasmed muscle to sweep away metabolic waste products. The hydrostatic pressure of the water also minimizes swelling. Want to try it? CALL 217-345-1245 and ask Brenda to set up a test session. CALL FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing knee pain .


QUAD SET While lying or sitting with a small towel rolled under your ankle, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee down- ward towards the ground. Stretches Knees www.simpleset.net

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